- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Palestine Liberation Organization Calls for Cutting Ties With Israel

© AP PhotoIsrael and Palestine flags
Israel and Palestine flags - Sputnik International
RAMALLAH (Sputnik) - The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called on the Palestinian authorities to sever ties with Israel at all levels, including security and politics, a committee said in a statement, obtained by Sputnik.

The committee urged the Palestinian authorities to "immediately start preparing plans and projects aimed at severing ties with the Israeli authorities at the level of politics, governance, economy and security," the statement read.

Moreover, the PLO Executive Committee decided to "refer to the UN Security Council, General Assembly and the International Criminal Court [ICC], asking them to refuse to recognize the state of Israel until it renounces the recognition of Jerusalem as its capital."

The Palestinian flag flies in the wind after a Rose Garden ceremony at the United Nations headquarters - Sputnik International
PLO Urges to Convene Conference Under UN Auspices to Create Palestinian State
According to the statement, the PLO is planning to address the ICC with a request "to start an investigation into Israeli settlements, racial discrimination and  the ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and its surroundings which is being hushed up."

The statement comes ahead of a reported meeting between Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah next week.

On December 6, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and instructed the US State Department to launch the process of moving the US Embassy, currently located in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. The step has prompted criticism from a number of states and triggered a wave of protests in the region.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала